Philippines Disaster Response Fund - Haiyan

by Peace Winds America
Relief Distribution on Busuanga
Relief Distribution on Busuanga

Relief on Busuanga Island: Updated Information on Typhoon Damage and Relief Activities

It is now over three months since Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines.  After the initial rush of relief died down Peace Winds America has been able to work with its partners on the ground to gain a clearer picture of damages as well as relief activities.  Presently our relief remains centered on Busuanga Island (Palawan Region), a rural community in the Western Visayas far from the media spotlight still centered on Samar and Leyte.

Busuanga Island – A Picture of the Damage

Ongoing situation reports and needs assessments have brought the effects of Haiyan into sharper focus.  Through the efforts of local governments, the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) and the Southern Tagalog Peoples’ Resource Center (STPRC), multiple Damage, Needs, and Capabilities Assessments (DNCAs) have been carried out. The picture they paint is stark.  All 14 barangays on the island were damaged, affecting 28,640 people and rendering 4,405 families homeless. Significant damage was done to rice paddies and fishing boats as well as tourist sites (primarily scuba diving).  In the targeted communities of Salvacion, Cheey, and Buluang alone there are nearly 10,000 affected people.  Between crop damage, loss of housing, loss of major buildings (e.g., schools) and destruction of stored goods, these communities were selected for intensive relief efforts.

Disaster Relief – A National and Community Effort

PWA knows from experience that disaster relief works best when local expertise guides the procurement and provision of needed items.  In Busuanga local organizations, volunteers, businesses, and support groups helped generate the needs assessments and direct relief.  This enabled CDRC and STPRC to procure goods in Manila (they were unavailable locally), ship them via Coron, and repack and distribute them upon arrival in Busuanga.

Thanks to CDRC and STPRC efforts to obtain discounts, PWA’s relief funding provided for 1,050 families, 50 above the targeted number. In total PWA provided:

  •          210 cavans of rice (approximately 23,100 lbs.)
  •          1,015 kg of dried fish
  •          63 boxes  sardines
  •          2,100 packs cooking oil (200 ml each)
  •          1050 sleeping mat kits
  •          1050 blankets
  •          1000 sets kitchen utensils (1,000 kettles and 6,000 plates)

These goods were packed into kits and distributed by CDRC/STPRC staff as well as members of the local government and volunteers. Prior to each distribution the relief recipients were given a brief training session on emergency response and preparedness for future disasters.

Looking Ahead – Toward Recovery

The damage and needs assessments painted a picture of acute and long-term need in these communities on Busuanga.  Moving forward, there will be serious efforts in the areas of shelter and livelihoods.  Peace Winds America has committed to providing support for these recovery efforts.  Together with our partners on the ground we will explore housing repair and rebuilding, fishing boat repair, and support for rice farmers whose fields, tools, and seed stock were damaged in the Typhoon.

We thank all of our donors for their generosity.  Together we have been able to provide desperately needed relief.  Together we will continue to help these communities as they recover.

Distribution of cooking kits
Distribution of cooking kits
Disaster preparedness education
Disaster preparedness education
Hope and Destruction (CDRC/Marie-Charlotte Peze)
Hope and Destruction (CDRC/Marie-Charlotte Peze)

Relief Continues in Hard-Hit Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan has dropped off the front pages, but Peace Winds America and its partners are going strong. More than 3.3 million people are displaced, and the need for food, water, medicine, sanitation supplies, bedding, and shelter is greater than ever.  The Citizens’ Disaster Response Center and the Southern Tagalog People’s Response Center are distributing relief items.  They contain relief packs with 10 kilograms of rice, dried fish, tinned sardines, 500 mls of cooking oil, a sleeping mat, blanket, and utensils. At the same time they are providing disaster risk reduction education for future emergencies.  Throughout, we are assessing needs on the ground and planning for recovery.

 A Focus on Marginal Areas

The media for this typhoon has been centered in the populous areas in the east, around Tacloban and Leyte.  Yet the devastation of the storm was enormous, and communities outside the media spotlight are at risk.  PWA and CDRC are partnering to bring relief goods to 1,000 families in Busuanga Island, northeast of Palawan, where 85% of properties were damaged or destroyed.  There the communities of Salvacion, Cheey, and Buluang are in critical need and far from the center of activity to the east.

Thinking Ahead to Recovery

Relief is still ongoing, yet now is the time to begin preparing a recovery strategy.  PWA is drawing on its successful recovery strategy after the 3/11 tsunami in Japan.  First, we are setting aside funds now, and committing to our partners that we will remain engaged throughout the disaster.  Second, we are assessing relief needs, and evaluating likely areas for recovery.  Presently PWA expects to provide recovery assistance for shelter and for fishing communities in coastal areas (boat/net repair, distribution of fishing supplies). Many relief organizations withdraw after the response phase – PWA stays on. 

 Your Support Has Made a Difference

PWA acknowledges and thanks its many donors in this catastrophe.  Thanks to you, we were quickly able to commit to our partners on the ground, and ensure long-term help for the need in the Philippines. We couldn’t do it without you.

(CDRC / Marie-Charlotte Peze)
(CDRC / Marie-Charlotte Peze)
Destruction in Busuanga (CDRC)
Destruction in Busuanga (CDRC)
Children in Typhoon Haiyan (Source: Reuters)
Children in Typhoon Haiyan (Source: Reuters)

Super Typhoon Haiyan strikes the Philippines

Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally named “Yolanda”) is “among the most powerful storms witnessed anywhere in modern times.”  It is over 1,200 miles wide and showing gusts up to 235 miles per hour! The Philippines meteorological agency reports storm surges of up to 17 feet striking the provinces of Leyte, Daanbantayan, and Bantayan Island, devastating the Samar province, and hitting the provinces of Cebu , Iloilo, Capiz, and Aklan.  The Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council issued warnings and evacuation notices, and evacuations are occurring in 37 of the Philippine’s 82 provinces, with more than one million people already in evacuation centers. It is estimated that 18 million people have already been affected. Lives have been lost, buildings, homes, roads, and farms have been destroyed. Philippine and UN disaster managers say that the needs now are shelter, food, health, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), camp management, and logistics.

Peace Winds America Is Responding!

Thanks to our work in the Philippines responding to previous typhoons Saola, Bopha, and Utor, we are prepared for this latest disaster.  PWA’s local partner – the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC)– is based in Manila with offices throughout the country and is already responding.  As in Typhoon Bopha, CDRC is bringing critical supplies to the hardest-hit communities and providing relief packages with rice, beans, dried fish, cooking oil, soap, blankets, and mattresses.  PWA and CDRC maintain regular contact in emergencies, providing updates and situation reports.  Your gift will support those most impacted by typhoon Haiyan and will be directed to the areas of greatest need.

An Ongoing Commitment to the Philippines

PWA is committed to effective disaster relief, recovery, and preparedness in the Philippines.  In addition to our ongoing typhoon response efforts we remain actively involved in preparedness.  This December PWA will be hosting a tri-lateral (Philippine-U.S.-Japan) workshop in Tokyo to help strengthen disaster relief among the Philippines, Japan, and the U.S.  PWA activities will continue to build partnerships and plan effective response strategies.

Your Donation Is Significant in the Philippines

Please help support vulnerable, disaster-affected populations in the Philippines.  Your donation will be put to work immediately providing food, water, shelter, and basic supplies for the men, women, and children who need it most.

Coastal Houses Wash Away (Source: AP)
Coastal Houses Wash Away (Source: AP)
CDRC Office in Manila
CDRC Office in Manila

- It’s a typhoon season in the Philippines -

On Aug. 9, the first very strong typhoon of this year - named Utor - reached northern Philippines, resulting in death and destruction.  Landslides caused by the heavy rain left many villages in mountain areas isolated.  Rockslides, flash floods and storm surge have all been reported.

Many houses and crops were destroyed by the typhoon. The government pegs the total amount of damages at PHP 1.08 billion (about USD $25M). As of now, 84,571 families or 383,540 persons were affected. There were casualties as well -- 8 dead, 7 injured, and 4 missing. The provinces of Aurora and Quirino were declared under a state of calamity.

Currently, the demand for the aid is not being met.  There are still many families without any relief support.  Please help provide support to the affected families!  Your contribution will be directed to CDRC’s ongoing relief effort in northern Luzon. 

- Building capacity for disaster preparedness -

The Philippines is vulnerable not only to typhoons and floods, but also to volcanic eruptions as well as earthquakes.  This is why PWA and CDRC also focus on disaster preparedness training when we respond to disasters in the area.  We work with local community groups and conduct workshops, work with children at emergency shelters, and talk about the importance of the preparedness. 

PWA is implementing the 2013-2015 US-Japan-Philippines Civil Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative in order to increase preparedness capabilities/connections/coordination within and among the three disaster prone nations.  While in Manila this July, CEO Chuck Aanenson and Program Officer Jon Ehrenfeld visited CDRC Headquarters meeting to discuss how to further enhance the CDRC partnership in both preparedness and response.

- More typhoons will come -

PWA knows this will not be the last typhoon in this season and want to make sure that we can respond quickly when the need arises again.  Your contributions to this program will help PWA to take immediate action to dispatch emergency relief support with CDRC and will prepare us for disasters down the road.  Generosity during Typhoon Saola last August paid off during the devastation of Typhoon Bopha in December.

Thank you for your continuous support!

Mari Poorman, Project Officer

A family lost their house by Typhoon Utor
A family lost their house by Typhoon Utor
Important livelihood lost
Important livelihood lost
A man lost his house
A man lost his house
CDRC and PWA working together
CDRC and PWA working together


Providing relief to most needed...
Providing relief to most needed...

The following is our response report from Typhoon Bopha in December 2013.  Thanks to the support of GlobalGiving and donors like you, were were able to assist 500 families on the Philippine island of Mindinao. 

It's been six months, but communities are still struggling from this disaster.  We will continue monitoring the situation and provide support to those who need the most. 

Your contribution to the Philippines Disaster Response Fund will enable us to respond quickly to new disasters, and address unmet needs as we evaluate the progress of recovery. 

Mari Poorman- Peace Winds America


Dear Globalgiving supporters:

THANK YOU!!  We have completed our Typhoon Bopha emergency response.  Your contribution helped us to support 500 families with emergency packages and provide disaster preparedness training to 100 children.

Peace Winds America, together with our local partner, Citizen’s Disaster Response Center (CDRC), a Disaster Relief NGO based in the Philippines, and its regional center in the affected regions conducted relief supply distribution operations in Typhoon Pablo-affected communities in Bukidnon Province on Mindanao Island.  The planned response goal was to help affected families cope with the immediate negative impacts of the disaster with the ultimate goal that the assistance would prevent further deterioration of their lives as they struggle to recover. 

Community-wide effort to help five Communities:

Many relief organizations focused their relief operations in and around the Compostela Valley region.  Our local partner, CDRC, initially concentrated their relief efforts in the Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental region.  However, CDRC and its counterpart organization Panday Bulig (PB) soon recognized five communities which received very little assistance in the province of Bukidnon, and identified 500 families in two cities needing immediate attention.  Peace Winds America decided to help CDRC’s relief effort in this area to help its underprivileged population.  PB led the coordination and preparation of the relief delivery operations.  Community members as well as volunteers from Health Bukidnon and KASAMA, a farmer’s organization joined PB and helped with packaging and distribution of relief goods!  Your donations and volunteer action supported people in Cabangahan, Bangcud, Campuhan, Batangan and Poblacion.

Reaching out to over 100 children with psychosocial support!!

During relief package distribution, CDRC took the opportunity to provide psychosocial support for children staying at the evacuation shelter.  These children witnessed their houses being swept away by the flood and have no idea where they might be relocated.  By sharing and expressing their experiences through talking as well as drawing pictures among peers, children could better understand their current situation.  Most of the children shared their experiences of the flood and strong winds that happened in their area.

What’s inside the relief package?

The PWA supported relief package contained basic foods items which could sustain an average family for one week.  It also included basic items to help improve the quality of life for the family at the evacuation centers.  The package included:

  • Rice: 10kg
  • Mongo Beans: 500g
  • Dried Fish: 500g
  • Sardines: Four cans
  • Cooking oil: 250ml
  • One laundry soap bar
  • One blanket
  • One mattress.

For the first three weeks after disaster struck the area, evacuees from these five communities received only 3 kilos of rice and noodles, and 3 cans of sardines from the government and other groups. “Christmas was so lonely, we just slept the night away,” said one of the beneficiaries. The mattress and blanket we provided were much appreciated, as most of the beneficiaries were forced to sleep on the cold cement floor or on the benches of the gym.

The serious situation continues:

Many families who lost houses lived by the river.  They cannot go return to their home, because erosion from the flood took away their property. “We cannot go back to the area because our community is still submerged in the water,” one of the beneficiaries said. “We badly need shelter and food,” another one added.

Although Peace Winds America is concluding emergency relief operations for Typhoon Bopha at this time, we will continue monitoring the situation in the typhoon-affected areas with our local partners.

PWA would like to send most sincere appreciation to your generosity.  With your help, we were able to provide critical supplies to 500 families.




CDRC distributing relief packages
CDRC distributing relief packages
Disaster Preparedness education is important!
Disaster Preparedness education is important!
Thank You!
Thank You!



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